Eminent scientist and Flinders graduate dies

Professor Michael Raupach, an eminent Australian scientist and Flinders graduate, died on 10 February. Until his final, brief illness, he was the Director of the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University, a post he took up after a 35-year career with the CSIRO.


Professor Raupach was among the earliest PhD graduates (1978) in Earth Sciences from Flinders. The Dean of the School the Environment, Professor Andrew Millington, said Michael Raupach “became one of Australia’s most prestigious and influential climate change scientists.”


From 2000 to 2008 Professor Raupach was an inaugural co-chair of the Global Carbon Project, an international project studying the natural and human influences on the global carbon cycle, and in 2007 was a contributing author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Assessment Report on the scientific basis of climate change.


Co-chair of the working group that drafted the Australian Academy of Science booklet The Science of Climate Change: Questions and Answers, he also led the report Challenges at Energy-Water-Carbon Intersection for the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council. He also headed the Australian Academy of Science project “Negotiating our future: Living scenarios for Australia to 2050”. His publications received more than 10,000 citations.


Professor Raupach was a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and the American Geophysical Union.


The Conversation published this tribute to his life and work.


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